Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the residents selected?

Resident selection involves an application process and an onsite interview. Applications and letters of recommendation must be received prior to scheduling interviews. We will conduct interviews in February and we are participating in the Resident Matching Service.

How are the resident's two years organized?

The first four weeks of the residency is orientation during which the residents rotate through different areas of the hospital, learn the pharmacy's computer systems, and explore potential administrative audits and research projects, and obtain BLS and ACLS certifications. The resident will begin attending graduate courses at the University of Houston beginning August of the first resident year. Coursework will be "front-loaded," meaning that the majority of the graduate coursework will be completed by the end of the resident's first year. During the first year, the resident will take part in administrative projects and a combination of clinical and administrative rotation experiences at The Methodist Hospital while attending courses in the afternoon / early evening.

Most of the second year of the program will consist of administrative and clinical rotations while completing the Master’s Project. Both administrative and clinical rotations are based on calendar months. The administrative resident will take 7 required administrative rotations, at least 6 clinical rotations, and three elective rotations which can either be administrative or clinical in emphasis.

How often do the residents staff? 

The administrative resident will staff every third weekend. The staffing responsibilities of the resident will transition during the program - in that the resident will staff primarily as an order verifying pharmacist and then eventually transition into a role with more administrative specialist responsibilities for a designated area of pharmacy services. Additionally, each resident is required to take administrator on-call responsibilities starting in the second half of the first year of the program. The on-call consists of the resident assisting in resolving administrative issues mainly by phone or computer. Remote access to the Methodist system as well as drug information references are made available to the resident. The resident will not be required to work the night shift, although making the effort to stay during a number of night shifts to better understand a 24/7 pharmacy operation model will be strongly encouraged.

How flexible is the program with electives?

Our program is very flexible in adapting the residency experience to accommodate the resident's interests and goals. Elective rotations are available off-site if the desired experience is not available at The Methodist Hospital. Residents in the past have successfully completed rotations at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the Houston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Harris County Psychiatric Center. The resident can take a maximum of two rotations off-site during the two year program.

What if I have already completed graduate coursework (e.g. MBA, MS, MA, etc.)? Can I complete the program without the coursework component?

No. This program is designed to provide pharmacy-specific coursework and general health administration and finance classes in addition to a rigorous practical experience schedule to prepare the resident to be a health-system pharmacy leader. Both the didactic and practical experiences are required to complete this two-year program.

Will I receive assistance in order to pay for the graduate portion of the program?

In addition to a competitive stipend ($49,700 annually), a generous tuition reimbursement program is available through The Methodist Hospital to use towards the graduate program.

How are the residents evaluated?

Regular verbal and written feedback is provided to the resident throughout each rotation and during the year. The resident is provided with a list of goals and objectives for each rotation and completes a self-evaluation on these at the end of each rotation. The preceptor completes a final evaluation of the resident during the rotation as well. The evaluation forms are developed from ASHP's Residency Learning System (RLS) using the ASHP on-line "Resitrak" system. On a quarterly basis, the Residency Program Director provides the resident with an evaluation of their progress. The objective of the frequent evaluations is to provide constructive feedback to the resident on their progress to maximize the opportunity for learning.

Is the resident required to do oral presentations?

The residents are required to do monthly formal presentations to the pharmacy administrative staff. Other presentations may be required as determined by the preceptor, physicians, nursing staff, or professors from the graduate school. The resident will be required to present posters at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting as well as project presentations at the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference each year. Additional opportunities to present include departmental journal club, and others.

What types of positions will I be prepared to accept upon completion of the program?

Given our program's flexibility, the resident will be able to gear the program experience towards his or her specific goals. Whether the resident desires a position in clinical pharmacy leadership, pharmacy operations management, assistant director or a director position, the program is flexible enough to provide the experiences necessary for the resident to achieve his or her professional goals. Previous residents have included a former ASHP President, residency program directors, director of pharmacy, local pharmacy chapter officers, and other successful leadership positions.

What teaching opportunities are available?

The Methodist Hospital is a major clinical teaching site for students from the Colleges of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. The resident will have opportunities to assist in the teaching of students from multiple disciplines including pharmacy, medicine, nursing, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Opportunities for didactic teaching exist in the local colleges of pharmacy.

Are all of the residents from Texas or Texas schools of pharmacy?

No. The Methodist Hospital considers all residency applicants and strives to obtain diversity in the educational backgrounds of the residents.

Do residents receive support to attend professional meetings?

Support is available for required meetings such as the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy, the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference, and the TSHP Annual Seminar. Support to attend additional meetings is determined on an individual basis.

Do residents have library privileges?

Residents have access to The Texas Medical Center/Houston Academy of Medicine (TMC/HAM) Library (located across the street from the hospital). Residents also have access to over 4,000 on-line journals through the TMC/HAM Library. The MicroMedex system and Clinical Pharmacology are available through the hospital's intranet.

Do residents have access to the Internet and email?

Each resident is assigned a computer on their own desk. All computers have Internet access and email capabilities.

What is the average cost for housing in Houston?

You should expect to pay $700 - $1200/month for a one or two bedroom apartment if you live in the Texas Medical Center area. Housing in outlying areas is less expensive but results in longer commute times. Most residents choose to live closer to the hospital.

What is there to do in Houston?

Houston is fourth largest city in the nation and as such has an abundance of recreational opportunities. Evenings out can include professional sporting events such as the Houston Astros, Texans, Dynamo, Rockets, or Comets games. Discounted tickets are often available since Methodist is the sponsor hospital for many of the teams. An abundance of local multi-cultural activities exist such as the season of festivals as well as taking in the Opera, Ballet, Symphony or upcoming Broadway musicals.